Proctor Fire Dept TrainingLakes Gas Co. at our Esko branch supported the Proctor Fire and Rescue Department, during their recent emergency response training.

When fire-fighters respond to a propane fire, they know not to focus on putting out the fire since the constant source of fuel, propane, makes putting the fire out possible. What Fire Fighters across the state are taught is to put up a wall of water that allows them to move in and shut off the tank valve.

When a fire department is called to respond to a fire, training has taught members that one of its first tasks to accomplish is to ensure the fuel source has not been compromised. The next big question Firemen must answer is what if it has been?

To address this issue, Fire Departments across the state receive training in controlling propane fires in residential situations as well as larger commercial applications. During propane fire containment and extinguishing training, Fire Fighters receive three hours of classroom training before taking on the propane fire simulator for hands-on training. Their mandated hazardous material (HAZMAT) training prepares them to face both fires that could start in both gas meters found on city residences, as well as the 500 gallon tanks more common at rural residences.

While this type of fire is not very common, having this training for those “just in case” situations is very important for members of the department. Every member of a fire department is required to have 12 hours of training for every three years they serve with a fire department.

This kind of training allows the younger members, as well as the more experienced veterans, a chance to improve their skills in a hands on training environment and goes a long way towards the Department being ready for every possible fire situation they might face as they serve their community.

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